The federal government, the District of Columbia, and each of the 50 states have Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws that allow individuals to file requests for specific public documents with government agencies and quickly receive them unless the documents are subject to statutory exemptions. As most federal and state FOIA statutes were originally passed in the late 1960s, they impose some duties upon government agencies that many believe no longer make sense in the digital era.Continue Reading Are FOIA Laws in Need of Updating?

With the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary raising concerns over agencies’ FOIA compliance, the U.S. Department of Justice has responded with FOIA guidelines and related testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

The past two months have seen Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)